- Nov 17, 2011
^ Indeed. I've always been of the opinion that to be truly logically consistent, conservatives should be against the death penalty, following this logic: if you start from the assumption that the govt is inefficient and does a lot (or everything) wrong, why would you ever trust such an organization to be in charge of deciding who lives and who dies?
I support the death penalty for many reasons, one of which is its cost. I never want to see it because the cheaper punishment method - a life is not something to remove just to save money.
Another reason is because there are many groups trying to prove a death row inmate innocent after conviction - but maybe one small group trying to prove life in prison inmates innocent after conviction. Those not on death row are forgotten about...no one cares about them after conviction. My best guess is that there are far more people who will die in prison but are innocent than were ever executed and were innocent. I cannot say dying in prison of old age is a better solution than dying quickly by execution...
Another reason is that we do not actually have a way to keep someone in jail for life...it just does not exist. A man can confess, show where the other 12 bodies are buried, provide the murder weapon, show the videos he made of himself committing the brutal murders...and that person can still end up pardoned. Likely? No, but they can end up walking the streets again...only one person in history who was ever executed was seen walking the streets again...
Ultimate crimes require ultimate punishments - to protect society.